Sidney Harman’s Posthumous Final Essay for Newsweek

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By Ujala Sehgal Comment

Last week Sidney Harman, owner of Newsweek, died at 92 from acute myeloid leukemia. Several weeks before his death, Harman penned an essay “Hey, Cancer: Go Stand in the Corner,” where he affirmed his faith in fighting the disease, and demonstrated his undiminished spirit.

I have told the dragon to go stand in the damn corner. I have important stuff to do.

While I accept the “gentle” chemo they prescribe, I will be preparing my lectures at the University of Southern California or studying NEWSWEEK’s latest operating results—or reading, or listening to music, or mentally practicing my imagined elegant golf swing.

Harman also wrote that Newsweek had given him a “great new life,” and described his complete faith in both Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s future:

[Newsweek] will participate actively in the renewal and reinvention of media. It may well lead the revolution… I am convinced that I make significant business and intellectual contributions, but I know that the enterprise will move forward, if necessary, without me.